Middle-grade queer lit!

By Chapters Books & Gifts

Middle-grade queer lit!

By Chapters Books & Gifts
Freeing Finch

Freeing Finch

Ginny Rorby

$16.99 $15.80

MTF trans main character | A surprising amount of nuance, especially for a MG book! Characters with both good and bad qualities. It really felt like these were real people trying to do the right thing (the father figure in particular), and maybe making mistakes, but that's life. And some truly excellent trans representation.

Ana on the Edge

Ana on the Edge

A. J. Sass

$7.99 $7.43

NB/genderqueer/exploring protagonist; FTM trans side character No discussion of sexuality -- just gender identity. Great for middle-grades!

The Best at It

The Best at It

Maulik Pancholy

$7.99 $7.43

gay main character | An absolutely precious story! Racial, cultural, and sexual identities all handled with perfect poise. I'm typically very hesitant about going too far into sexual orientation in middle-years books, but this was exactly the right level of discussion in an incredibly accessible manner. Humor, heart, and growth.

The Cardboard Kingdom: (A Graphic Novel)

The Cardboard Kingdom: (A Graphic Novel)

Chad Sell

$21.99 $20.45

light gender exploration

How to Become a Planet

How to Become a Planet

Nicole Melleby

$16.95 $15.76

gentle, sweet queer exploration | Really honest and so realistic. The first MG account of depression I've read that focuses on the kid's depression, rather than an older relative/friend, and doesn't sugarcoat it.

Birdie and Me

Birdie and Me

J. M. M. Nuanez

$8.99 $8.36

gender-creative little brother | Very sweet story, with realistic, flawed characters trying their best in tough situations. A lot of heart and empathy.

The Paris Project

The Paris Project

Donna Gephart

$7.99 $7.43

gay best friend | Cute, charming, and funny. Deals with an incarcerated parent and a friend coming to terms with their sexuality in an easy-to-digest way for middle-grade readers.

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

Leslie Connor

$16.99 $15.80

gay moms | Three and a half stars, rounded up to 4 because I really love Leslie Connor <3 What I liked: the caring nature of the whole town; queer representation; the goddesses!

To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

$17.99 $16.73

gay dads | Gay Parent Trap! Funny, cute, excellent voice, lots of fun!

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

$16.99 $15.80

lesbian main character

Fight + Flight

Fight + Flight

Jules Machias

$16.99 $15.80

Sapphic story; MTF trans mother; two moms; disability rep (hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome); character with anxiety/panic attacks | A little heavy-handed from time to time but overall a good message! Avery is so punk rock. TW: active shooter drill

Pet

Pet

Akwaeke Emezi

$17.99 $16.73

MTF trans main character | Fantastic, perfectly-done #OwnVoices representation that wasn't the focus of the story but just enriched it (LIKE REAL LIFE, m'friends!) and lovely writing with evocative vocab.

Lily and Dunkin

Lily and Dunkin

Donna Gephart

$16.99 $15.80

FTM trans main character | Very earnest and sweet! (TW for repeated use of the f-slur.)

A-Okay

A-Okay

Jarad Greene

$22.99 $21.38

ace representation! | A very sweet, relatable semi-autobiographical graphic novel about an 8th grader with severe acne and the journey through Accutane. Absolutely spot-on! He's also exploring and coming to understand his asexuality. Love the representation!

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

Caela Carter

$16.99 $15.80

enby secondary character | After finding a report that lists the 54 things "wrong" with her, Gwendolyn is bound and determined to fix her problems. You will laugh and cry and RAGE with her as she tries and tries again to "be good," and you'll come out the other side being a braver, stronger advocate for inclusivity and understanding -- since the only thing "wrong" with Gwen is a society that tries to fit everyone into a tiny box. Caela Carter is an expert at relatable, lovable characters negotiating timely, real-world challenges. I'm calling it right now: this is going to be a Newbery winner.

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)

Kathleen Gros

$13.99 $13.01

ANNE AND DIANA ARE GIRLFRIENDS <3 <3 <3 <3